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It's Winter and this time of year a front bulb always seems to blow! I've just spent two hours replacing the offside dipped bulb. Thinking about it now it should have been a five minute job if I had just followed some simple rules.

1) The access to the headlights are in the wheel arches, so first thig to do is turn the wheel into the wheelarch so you have just enough space to take off the cover.

2) This is where you have to work blind as you only have enough room for your arm. Reach into the hole and feel for the large circular cap that covers the back of the bulb holder. It takes a quarter turn (anticlockwise) to come off.

3) Remove the electric connector block that is pushed onto the bulb terminals, and put to one side.

4) The bulb is held in place by a strange W shape spring clip. Try not to remove the whole clip. It is held in place by two circular rings at the base, and clips into a small notch at the top of the mounting. It has two arms that apply pressure to the baseplate of the bulb thereby holding it in place. By moving the top of the clip towards you, it will clear the holding notch and then drop down (still being held in place in the two rings at the bottom).

5) The bulb can how be removed and a new one put in it's place. There is a cut out in the bulbs base plate so that it can seat correctly in the headlight. Once this is in, you need to pull up the clip and then try and catch the top of the clip back in the notch by pulling it slightly towards you and then pushing it forwards to clip in.

6) Push on the electric connector block. An idea at this point is to test the light to see if the connector is on correctly, and that the bulb works.

Replace the plastic circular back of the bulb unit to seal it and you can then refit the wheel arch cover plate.

Step 4 and 5 are the trickiest. Not the easiest thing to do, not sure why Renault couldn't have made it a bit easier, but at least the job can be done without removing whells, bumpers etc that I've seen on other web sites.
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Good helpful post slinknet

A problem well stated is a problem half solved !
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I used the same principle to change the dipped bulb on my neighbours Lag II. To make life a bit easier I used a small mirrror and torch.
I spent more time trying to retrieve the clip he had dropped down the back of the headlamp - but was able to retrieve it using my trusty remote retriever claw tool
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I've just changed the n/s dipped bulb (55W H7) on my 1.4 Megane II. Fortunately, the 1.4 allows access from under the bonnet so that it only takes 10 minutes. I think all the rest of the range have a broad covering panel that runs across the top of the front grill and curves around to the suspension top mounts. It's a pity that Renault didn't put a bit more thought into the design to be able to allow easy access to parts that need changing every so often.
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By moving the top of the clip towards you, it will clear the holding notch and then drop down (still being held in place in the two rings at the bottom).
In my experience (from my Megane days), I found that moving the top of the spring to the right rather than trying to pull towards me released it very quickly. My first attempt took about 45 mins; I can now be confident of doing it in two.

It is quite psychological because you hear how hard it is and you kind of panic because your hand gets claustrophobia but once you crack it, it's quite striaght forward (you won't believe it until you've done it, though)

So,
'Remove the power connection to the bulb, on the top right of the bulb, push the top of spring upwards and then slightly to the right, it will fall down, remove bulb, replace bulb, fold spring back up and push so that it locks again and, finally, replace connector!'
(If this seems familiar, it's a contribution I made to another forum that is copied in their FAQs section)
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